Thursday, August 24

Anime

Kamichu!

Claims another victim.

Since the series was licensed before the fansub was completed (before it even finished airing in Japan, I think), the situation he finds himself in now is where I was this time last year.

(Also, four of the episodes were released straight to DVD and never aired. I assume they will be included in the R1 release.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 10:04 PM | Comments (14) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 I seem to recall almost exactly the same wording in a posting about Azumanga not too long ago. And it's still listed with 1 star. I am quite raw.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thursday, August 24 2006 11:50 PM (9imyF)

2 Oh, crap! I forgot to change the cref to point to the replacement review!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 01:52 AM (+rSRq)

3 Actually, it's because I never got around to writing a replacement review... (oops)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 01:55 AM (+rSRq)

4

It's nice that Yurie's hair doesn't grow in every episode. It's not like the early episodes of Maburaho where Kazuto fires off a superpowered spell every single time. In Kamichu you don't know if she will in any given episode. But every time her hair starts growing, I get really excited. "Oh, boy, here it comes!"

Geneon's web page lists a third DVD coming in October, with eps 9-12, but doesn't list anything beyond that. It seems the primary series was 12, right? (Looks like yet another half-season treasure.) I wonder if Geneon has any intention of releasing the other 4; maybe I'll hit some of the news sites and see what they have to say about it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 03:49 AM (+rSRq)

5 12 episodes went to air, but there are another 4 episodes that were released straight to DVD that interleave with the TV episodes.  Episodes 8, 11, 13 and 16 were DVD-only.

Geneon would have to be crazy not to release the whole thing, but who knows.

But every time her hair starts growing, I get really excited. "Oh, boy, here it comes!"

Heh.  Like Lina Inverse winding up for a Dragon Slave. ;)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 25 2006 03:55 AM (FRalS)

6 Steven could answer that easily, by looking at his v.2. The R1 release is twice as dense as R2 release. Where I have 2 episodes per disc, he has 4. So, if my calculations are correct, he has 8. If the Ep#8 is the one with cats, it's a DVD release. If it's the River of [censored], then it's a TV release. Simple, ne?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, August 25 2006 11:22 AM (9imyF)

7

According to the package, ep 8 is titled "Wild Times". The teaser picture is a black-and-white cat with a fiendish look on its face.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 01:45 PM (+rSRq)

8 ANN has a listing of the titles. It says "Wild Times" is one of the DVD release titles which was never broadcast.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 01:53 PM (+rSRq)

9 So ... will Japn Otaku have to go to the US to get the whole series?

Will they be doing japanese fansubs of the US dubbed versions?


Posted by: Kristopher at Friday, August 25 2006 05:04 PM (O5Ju8)

10 All 16 episodes were released in Japan on DVD. They were release on 8 DVDs, with 2 episodes each. (Pete has the first four of the eight Japanese DVDs.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 25 2006 07:20 PM (+rSRq)

11 I finally got around to watching the rest of the series and... I'm disappointed.  Kamichu! doesn't really go anywhere.  I'll look into the manga sometime and see if the lack of story is due to the manga or the anime producers.  I actually suspect the anime producers invented a lot of story, as only about half a dozen chapters of the manga were published by the time the anime started airing--only 13 chapters have been published to date.  On the other hand, as an episodic and atmospheric anime, it has its charms.

Fan service side note: Kamichu's mangaka primarily does hentai manga, Kamichu! is one of the few things he (or she? not clear) has done which did not have lots of sex.

Posted by: Kayle at Saturday, August 26 2006 04:02 AM (Qsm1J)

12 :(

I've only seen the first six episodes, so I was judging it based on those.  A shame that it didn't fulfil its early promise.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 26 2006 04:51 AM (9OTrh)

13 Oh, and the series was licensed well after the broadcast finished; it broadcast June-Sep 2005, the license was hinted at in February 2006 and formally announced in March, if I recall correctly.  iichan got a late start because we decided to work off the DVD sources and then was slow at releasing primarily due to me being lazy.

Posted by: Kayle at Saturday, August 26 2006 05:00 AM (Qsm1J)

14 .....

:)

I hadn't put two and two together there.  Thanks!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 26 2006 06:50 AM (9OTrh)

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